Squash

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Spring Squash Coaching

Click here for information on Squash Coaching in the spring

Men’s and Women’s National Squash Club Champions

Roehampton Club, current Men’s and Women’s National Squash Club Champions, start the 2024 championship defence in March 2024.

The Women host Datchet with a date to be confirmed.
The Men start away at Bexley, please watch/support if you can.

Friday 8th March, 7pm start.

Team:
1 Adrian Waller
2 Jonah Bryant
3 Joe Lee
4 Sam Osborne-Wylde

Bexley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
Parkhurst Road, Bexley
Kent 
DA5 1AX

Plus, excellent news – Roehampton Club will host the European Squash Club Championships, 2nd to 7th September 2024.

Pre Club Championship – Doubles Club Night

Tuesday 5th March, 6pm

Learn and gain experience of doubles play at this fun and informal evening. Games will be 6 – 8pm, followed by a drink in the bar and the draw for the Club Championships Handicap doubles pairings

To sign up and for further details please contact Paul Lindsay at paul.lindsay@roehamptonclub.co.uk

Click here for the poster.

Squash Club Championship 2024 – entries now open

Finals night : Friday 10 May 2024

Entry sheets for all competitions will be available from Monday 8 January – 5 March at Club Reception.
To enter, pay the entry fee and ask one of the Reception Team to enter your name for the appropriate competition.
Events – Open singles, Ladies singles, Over 45 singles, Over 55 singles, Handicap singles, Open doubles, Handicap doubles, Over 40’s doubles, Over 55’s doubles and Juniors.
If you enter 3 or more events you will receive free entry to additional events, So your maximum entry fees will be £30.
Entry to the Junior u19 open is free
Junior u15, u13, u11, u9 events will be run separately

The competitions will start on 6 March.
Each night thereafter courts will be reserved for scheduled matches and particular competitions – so it is important you keep an eye on the notice board as you progress.
Please try keep your diary relatively free for matches during that period.
When possible, emails will be sent out to remind players of their match and progress in the tournament.

Finals night will be on FRIDAY 10 May (from 17:30)
Your entry fee includes an invitation to finals night, presentations and dinner.
Click here for the rules and more details on all the competitions (eligibility, timings, scoring and costs etc.)

If you have any questions or suggestions – do not hesitate to contact me.
As well as the finalists, all competitors, supporters, partners, guests and JUNIORS are welcome!

Click here for the poster

Adult and Junior Individual Coaching

All lessons and payment are now bookable online through the link below.
Book a 45 minute private squash lesson with a qualified coach and work on any element of your squash game. Book here: https://roehamptonclubracquets.as.me/

Book a 45 minute private Squash lesson with a qualified coach and work on any element of your Squash game https://roehamptonclubracquets.as.me/

Any questions please contact Paul Lindsay for more details Paul.lindsay@roehamptonclub.co.uk

There is squash coaching available for all standards and ages and the professional coaching team are available for lessons and social sessions for Members.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a high-performance player our team of coaches can provide you with a great squash experience making sure your squash skills improve and you will enjoy the game even more.

Places are NOW open for bookings.

Junior Squash Coaching

Junior Term group coaching courses starting week commencing 6th January 2024. Booking details below.
Please note due to tournaments some weekend dates have been removed.

Saturday 9am to 9:45am
– Mini Under 7 Squash Group Coaching
Saturday 9.45am to 10:30am – Intermediate Junior Group Coaching Course
Saturday 10.30am to 11:15am – Advanced Junior Group Coaching Course
Saturday 11.15am to 12:00pm – Beginner Junior Group Coaching Course
Sunday 10am to 10:45am – Junior Match Play

https://roehamptonclubracquets.as.me/ (please put the child’s name attending in the ‘Your information’ details.)

If a session does not have a minimum of 4 Members the session will be cancelled in advance.

Friendly matches 2023 / 2024

Our fun social matches have a packed friendly fixture list this season.
Please make your interest known to one of the Friendly Organiser Captains or Paul Lindsay if you would like to play.

Squash friendly fixture list

Squash Levels

SquashLevels – is a Squash Handicap system used by different Clubs and the World Tour to help rate / rank players.

It collects results from a large number of league, tournament and box systems and calculates the level each player is playing at for every match. It covers all abilities from complete beginner right up to the very top players in the world.
Once you know your level, you’ll always be able to answer the question – how good are you?

Click here to register for SquashLevels – it will not only allow you to register for SquashLevels but it will automatically add you to the Roehampton Club community. It takes less than a minute to sign up and is free.
Click here for the poster

Going forward this will allow the input of results for any club matches, leagues or tournaments.
The internal leagues will include your SquashLevels from the new year.
We can then include results in the Roehampton Club community. Click here for more information

Squash Tour 2023 and 2024

We are looking at a Squashies Golf tour to Northern Ireland at the beginning of October (6-8th) and a return to New York for a squash tour in September 2024.

If you are interested in either or both tours please email Paul at paul.lindsay@roehamptonclub.co.uk

Squash at the LA Olympics 2028

Could you be playing at the 2028 Olympics?

thesquashsite.com/its-finally-official-squash-will-be-at-the-la-olympics

Squash Scene Magazine

Squashed in between the pages – autumn coaching programme, Captain vs Chairman Challenge, team training, national champions, upcoming friendly matches, England vs Rest of the World Club night special, New York tour, Bath Cup fixtures, Christmas Club Night, European Squash Club Championships, University Cup, Club Nights, Squash Babies, Rackets Cubed, Schools Invitation, Quiz night, Chairman’s Cup, Greenhalgh’s Goblet

Download the latest edition of Squash Scene or pick up a copy in the Club

Squash coaches

Alison Waters

Alison has now officially retired from the World Squash Tour and taken up the coaching role at Roehampton Club.
Roehampton Club coaching will be Alison’s primary role, combining her commitments to England Squash coaching, to the benefit of Roehampton Club Members.
Alison Waters, world high ranking of 3, will be on hand to pass her knowledge and skills to our juniors and adults alike.

UPDATE: 
Ali Waters and John Pratt welcomed baby Jack into the world on 19th August 2023. Everyone is healthy and we look forward to seeing Jack on the squash court soon! Alison is now on maternity leave but I am sure it won’t be too long before her return to coaching at Roehampton Club.

Tiago Goriely

Tiago has now joined the coaching team and will oversee all the squash programme coaching delivery while Alison is away.
A previous PSA world tour player, Tiago will combine his passion and enthusiasm to pass his knowledge and skills to our juniors and adults alike.

Squash Success

Finchley Manor Open Boys U15

Congratulations to Finn Vowles won the Finchley Manor Open Boys U15.

The tournament attracted entrants from across the South East. Seeded #2 he had a bye until the Quarterfinal stage. Finn started strongly, winning his first match comfortably 11-4, 11-5. In the Semi Final he was up against a strong Middlesex Junior who is part of the Accelerate Squash programme, and has a similar squash level to Finn. This was a tougher match but Finn came through it well, winning 11-7, 11-8. In the final Finn was up against the current Hertfordshire U15 County Champion, ranked around 25 places higher than Finn in the England Junior Rankings, and with a significantly higher Squash Level. Despite this Finn played an excellent game of squash, serving accurately, keeping his opponent at the back of the court with some consistent straight, tight drives and then winning points with drop shots from the middle of the court. He showed great composure to win the match 12-10, 11-8.

This was his first tournament win at this level, hopefully the first of many!

Surrey Junior closed U19 Girls’ Event

Club Member, Sophie Evans, won the Surrey junior closed U19 girls’ event recently at New Malden club.

Sophie has made the final a couple of times in previous younger age groups so this performance, at the oldest junior age bracket, was amazing for her to win the title.

Congratulations Sophie.

European Club Squash Championships 2023

The European Squash Club Championships were held in Paderborn, Germany from 13th to 16th September. With Roehampton Club Men’s and Ladies’ teams National Champions, they represented England in the European Club Championship 2023. Both teams made it to the final, with the Ladies’ emerging victorious.

Click here for the Championship report

Racketlon World Doubles Championship 2023

In July, Roehampton Club hosted the Racketlon World Doubles Championship. The World Doubles had only ever been hosted once in the UK (fifteen years ago in 2008).

After the success of hosting two previous tour events, Roehampton Club proudly hosted the best players in the world for the pinnacle of Doubles Racketlon, as well as the annual London Open.

Racketlon is the combination of the four biggest racket sports in the world: Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Tennis.

Click the links below to read more:

https://www.racketlon.net/2023/07/21/2023-fir-racketlon-world-doubles-day-2-your-new-2023-elite-world-doubles-champions/

https://www.racketlon.net/2023/07/24/2023-fir-world-doubles-championships-junior-title-winners/

https://www.racketlon.net/2023/07/23/iwt-london-open-day-2-top-seeds-take-the-title/

https://www.racketlon.net/2023/07/22/iwt-london-open-day-1-semi-finalists-are-decided-after-some-exciting-matches/

Squash Finals Night

Click here for the Club Championships Finals Night report

Squash Club Championship 2022

Click here for the Championship Finals Report

Squash league success

The Squash Section has had huge success in both the Bath Cup and Queen’s Cup Leagues.
We will be hosting an evening for Members to celebrate this success and congratulate the teams after Easter. Look out for date coming soon.

Bath Cup League Champions

The Bath Cup League is the oldest active squash league in the world starting in 1922.

Bath Cup Division 1

Roehampton Club has won Bath Cup Division 1.
Having never won the division 1 title previously in the competitions history after 99/100 years – Roehampton Club are Champions!

This is an amazing achievement, huge congratulations to Steve Richardson as Captain and all the players involved.

Click here for the Captain’s report

Bath Cup Division 2

Following the amazing news of being Division 1 winners the second team only had to wait another week to double our success with a very close-fought league title win. Congratulations to all those involved and please see the season report from Captain Michael Stewart.
Further congratulations to the third team who finished third in the league. A wonderful achievement by all the squad and Captain, Tom Crosthwaite.

Click here for the report

Queen’s Cup – winners! 

The female league version of the Bath Cup saw Roehampton Club win and retain the league title they won in 2019 after a covid-enforced hiatus.

Click here for the Ladies’ Squash Captain, Victoria O’Donnell’s report.

Past events 

Fancy Dress and Quiz Club Night

Report from the recent Squash Club Night

Dunlop U23 British Squash Open

Report from the recent tournament held at Roehampton Club

Squash Success 2022

Commonwealth Games

Adrian Waller – Commonwealth Silver medallist with Alison Waters. Mixed Doubles
Adrian Waller – Commonwealth Silver medallist with Daryl Selby. Men’s Doubles
Alison Waters – Commonwealth Silver medallist with Adrian Waller. Mixed Doubles
Alison Waters – Commonwealth Silver medallist with Sarah-Jane Perry. Women’s Doubles

Women’s European Club Champions

Alison Waters, Satomi Watanabe, Rana Ismail, Kace Bartley

Men’s 4th Place European Club Championship

Adrian Waller, Vini Rodrigues, Ben Coates, Hasnaat Farooqi, Paul Lindsay

Bath Cup Division 1 Champions

Steve Richardson, Lewis Walters, Ben Coates, Hasnaat Farooqi, Jack Turney

Bath Cup Division 2 Champions

Tom Bailey, Jojo Sheen, Satomi Watanabe, Rana Ismail, Dan Thomson, Ed Hopkins, Rudi Willemse, Michael Stewart

Queens Cup Champions

Vicky O’Donnell, Satomi Watanabe, Rana Ismail, Kim Hay, Elspeth Young, Liv Huxtable, Sophie Evans

European Club Squash Championships 2022

Roehampton Club are Women’s European Club Champions 2022

Our women’s squash team have won the European Squash Club Championships held in Italy from 14th to 17th September.  Roehampton Club Men’s and Ladies’ National Champions teams represented England in the European Club Championship 2022 and the women’s team won the final to become the 2022 champions.

Squad: Satomi Watanabe, Alison Waters, Rana Ismail, Kace Bartley.

The Women faced six matches in four days as they played out a round robin group with a potential final against the 1 seed Mulhouse on Saturday morning.
3-0 wins against SC Sandweiler (Luxembourg) and Gigantos Fricktal (Switzerland) on Wednesday, was backup on Thursday with a win over De Vaart Notre Dame (Belguim).

Friday’s matches saw Roehampton Club face Skelleftea (Sweden) and Squash Italia (Italy) with the knowledge two wins would leave a straight head-to-head final on Saturday v Mulhouse (France). The team delivered winning both matches 3-0 on Friday to go into the final with a 100%-win record.

Saturday’s final produced the best match of the women’s draw in the tournament

First on court was Kace, playing at 3. Two very close games saw Kace take a 2-0 lead and we thought may have zapped her opponent of any will to fight on … we were wrong. The Mulhouse number 3 continued to run down ever ball and fight for every point. Kace strategically has a rest n the third game losing 11/5 and trying to save some energy for the next game. Now the French women had some momentum and was forcing errors from Kace, all of a sudden it was 2-2 and yours truly was wondering if Kace has anything left to give. A nervy start from both players in the deciding game saw the unforced errors count increase but most importantly both players were now fighting and giving everything. Kace was clearly the better squash player of the two but the Mulhouse player used her speed to counter as points ever shared evenly to start. As the score line started to get close to the business end Kace kept her cool, digging deep to hit some vital winners, taking the game and match 11/8. In a three-player team this win was vital.

Next on was team Captain and Roehampton Club number 1, Alison Waters, against the Mulhouse number 1 Sarah-Jane Perry. Co-incidentally Alison’s Commonwealth games ladies’ doubles partner. Both the players know each other so well from England training and Professional Tour matches and it was SJ who would go into the match favourite to win. Alison started so well not allowing SJ to settle with a mix of pace and attacking shots. Alison took the first game 11/7 and SJ looked worried. The second game SJ was now playing with more of a rhythm and moving Ali around the courts. Ali never gave up and the large crowd were treated to world class squash. SJ won the game 11/7. As similar pattern in the third game saw SJ open a lead and Ali could not quite get it back as potential winners would clip the tin by millimetres, SJ took the game 11/7. The fourth game again showed why both players have been top players in the world with world class movement and control. Ali fought to take the game, but SJ held her nerve to take the game and match 11/8.

This meant that after four days, and five previous group matches the Women’s title would be decided by the number 2 pairs of their Clubs. Roehampton Club’s Rana Ismail won a tough 5-set match on Friday and I’m sure there were some pre-match nerves. Both women hit the ball hard and cleanly and the first game would come down to who made fewer mistakes. Lucky for us Rana had learnt from the tough match the day before and stayed patient at the right time to win the first game 11/7. This gave her the confidence to take the second game more comfortably 11/3 and the fourth game although close and nervy Rana won 11/4 – winning the match and title for Roehampton Club.

Men’s squad: Adrian Waller, Vini Rodrigues, Ben Coates, Hasnaat Farooqi, Paul Lindsay

The Men had three group matches winning both on Wednesday 4-0. They then faced Grasshoper Club Zurich to see who would top the group, and a 3-1 win meant Roehampton Club would face SG Eder Matmaker Oberösterreich from Austria in the quarter final. Winning the first 3 of the 4 strings meant Roehampton Club won the match without having to play all strings.

The semi-final would see Roehampton Club face the number 2 seeds, Mulhouse from France. Mulhouse were very strong at strings 1 and 2 and they proved this again as they won both legs. The 4th string saw Mulhouse win two game which was all they required to win the match.

Roehampton Club faced New Squash Club Catania in the third / fourth play-off, this would prove to be the closest match of the tournament. With both teams winning two strings and the same number of games the match was decided on points. It was not to be for Roehampton Club as we lost out by 6 points overall but finished a very credible fourth overall.

Women’s Euro Squash Club results: https://bit.ly/3dq3ZWy
Men’s Euro Squash Club results: https://bit.ly/3LrwhMC

An amazing effort from all involved in Italy.

(pictures below)

Club Night Specials

Racketlon

Click here for the report and pictures from the recent Racketlon held at the Club, 22nd to 24th July

Friendly Matches

We have a comprehensive list of friendly matches, click here to view it.
If you wish to play in any of the matches please register your interest with Paul Lindsay, Racquets Manager, Paul.lindsay@roehamptonclub.co.uk

National Squash Club Championship Finals 2021/22

I am delighted to inform you Roehampton Club are both Men’s and Ladies National Squash Club Champions 2021/22.

The 2019/20 group results had meant Roehampton Club made both the Men’s and Ladies finals stages but covid delayed these.
With the finals now being played in May 2022, this past Saturday our two teams made the journey to Hallamshire Club in Sheffield.

Men’s Team: Adrian Waller / Joe Lee / Vini Rodrigues / Ben Coates.

Ladies Team: Satomi Watanabe / Alison Waters / Kace Bartley.

Click here for the full match report.

Results

Ladies Semi Final:

Roehampton Club beat Hallamshire 3-0.

Ladies Final:

Roehampton Club beat Pontefract 3-0.

Men’s Final:

Roehampton Club beat Hallamshire 4-0.

Thanks also go to Tom Richards, Nathan Lake, Charlie Lee, Oliver Pett, Steve Richardson, Jaz Hutton, Haley Laine Mendez, Kim Hay and Elspeth Young all of whom played their part in getting us to the finals.

Paul Lindsay, Head Squash Pro – paul.lindsay@roehamptonclub.co.uk